PBA: Alleged cop shooter should be in prison already

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A teen who allegedly shot a Yonkers police officer Monday had been set free last week after weapons possession charges in the Bronx, and the head of the Yonkers police union is now pointing fingers at the Bronx judge who let the suspect on the streets.

Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson says 18-year-old Frank Valencia, of New Rochelle, should have been jailed when Officer Kayla Maher was shot, not walking free. Valencia is one of two men arrested in the shooting of Maher.

Olson says Judge Villegas, of the Bronx, gave the 18-year-old youthful offender status, putting him on probation following a previous incident.

“The blood of Kayla Maher is on the hands of Judge Villegas. He made an horrendous decision, which almost cost her her life. As a result of that decision, she was shot in the face in the streets of Yonkers,” he said.

Valencia is facing attempted murder charges. He remains in the hospital and could be charged Thursday.

The second suspect, Jerry Reyes, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Reyes was escorted into a Yonkers courtroom Wednesday, surrounded by dozens of police officers in uniform. His bail was set at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond.

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